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post #91 of 126
whoa...this newcomer (26) feels a bit out of place now....ive never had a pc specifically for gaming...however, there are shining moments in my gaming upbringing that came via pc gaming: one of my first was an excellent weekend romp through Liesure Suit Larrys 1 - 3 with some fellow 7th-graders...and...well, i suppose that's the only one worth mentioning - Starcraft is the next greatest pc gaming memory...

..but my console stories match basically everyone else's....i played the Atari 2600 before i got my hands on a pong set - Pitfall was just excellent, as was Pitfall 3 (never saw a part 2, somehow..) but my first wholly-owned gaming deck was an atari 5200, and i had hours upon hours of fun with Mountain King, Gorf, and something whose name escapes me right now.. the Next step was a NES....and then the dam busted.

there is no escape. :)
post #92 of 126
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Originally posted by ChrisFB
I like emulation and have many complete console and an arcade rom set which for the most part get played occasionally on the Xbox.
I agree. I would loved to be a collector of all those great systems, but I just don't have the room anymore. I have replaced all my old systems with emulation . . . both on my HTPC and my dreamcast.

Jay
post #93 of 126
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Originally posted by MinisterVado

..but my console stories match basically everyone else's....i played the Atari 2600 before i got my hands on a pong set - Pitfall was just excellent, as was Pitfall 3 (never saw a part 2, somehow..)
FYI - no Pitfall 3. There was only the original and Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. You can search www.atariage.com <great site> to verify. Good emulation info if you are yearning to give them a shot again on your current PC.
post #94 of 126
Wow you guys make me feel like a gaming noob!! I'm 19 and I've been gaming since I was four or five. My first console was an NES and since then I've had an SNES, Gameboy (every single one ), Gamegear, N64, Gamecube, Xbox, Playstation 1/2, and a Dreamcast. Though I may be younger I've never turned up my nose at any game regardless of age because great gameplay never fades. I think all true gamers think this way.
I love gaming and plan to until the day I die and even then I'll reincarnate and play some more!!
post #95 of 126
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Originally posted by ChrisFB
Favorite Games:

2600 - Adventure, Combat, Pitfall, Yars Revenge, Laserblast, Frogs and Flies
I know Adventure is a good game but I hated it as a kid. As a 4 year old I didn't have the patience for this game. That d@mn seahorse looking dragon p1ssed me off one too many times.

Some of my other favs were Kaboom, Qbert, Missile Command, Chopper Command, and dig dug.

I'm 29 soon to be 30, I've had a TRS80, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Nintendo, and finally Xbox.

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Originally posted by MinisterVado

ive never had a pc specifically for gaming
In the early days that's about all you could do with pc's was learn to program in Basic and play games.
post #96 of 126
35 here.......... generation x gamer
post #97 of 126
I didn't read the whole thread history to see if it's been posted, but I believe the average age of the installed Xbox user base was reported to be 27 not too long ago....
post #98 of 126
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Originally posted by ChrisFB
FYI - no Pitfall 3. There was only the original and Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. You can search www.atariage.com <great site> to verify. Good emulation info if you are yearning to give them a shot again on your current PC.
well then, i think that just goes to show how young i was at the time; unreliable memory. then it was definitely 2, since it seemed so much bigger that the first.

and thanks for the link, im likely going to be all over it very soon.
post #99 of 126
It's interesting to see that a lot of the 'big' game titles and consoles are being catered toward gamers our age(25-35). It makes sense though, since we were there from the beginning of gaming. I'm 28 and my first system was the atari 2600; but my fondest memories are with my NES. The most fun I had on the atari was with the Pitfall series, I LOVED Pitfall 2, most of the other games on atari were pretty crappy(I know, there are some other good ones) if you really think about it.

The NES let me know I was a true gamer. After the brief novelty of R.O.B and Duck Hunt(which is still fun), I started playing the real gems(Mario, Zelda, Metroid, etc.), but the game that changed my life was Dragon Warrior. Dragon Warrior was my first RPG and I loved it. RPGs are still my favorite genre, but of course, I don't have the time to play them.

To any of you gamers out there, what was the last 'great' RPG that you played. The last one for me was Final Fantasy X. I wanted to play KOTOR but didn't have the time either. Any recommendations?
post #100 of 126
I'm 37, been gaming since my dad brought home Pong. I have a Game Cube, my son (10) has a GameCube, PS2, GameBoy Advance SP, my daughter (7) has a GameCube and GameBoy Advance SP.

My mom (early 60s) has a GameBoy Advance SP with Tetris.

My dad (early 60s) has a GameBoy Advance with Madden.
post #101 of 126
tbass2k

If you have a GameCube - Skies of Arcadia is an outstanding RPG

Here is a description.
http://cube.ign.com/objects/017/0171...?ui=gamefinder
post #102 of 126
Skies of Arcadia is liquid awesome!
post #103 of 126
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Originally posted by darklordjames
Skies of Arcadia is liquid awesome!
I'm 37 years old too (mwgiii's age) and I approve this message!!

:)
post #104 of 126
I'm 39 and have been "gaming" since Pong showed up at the local minature golf course that I used to ride my bike to every weekend. What a life changing experience it was to play Pong with a buddy instead of pinball!!

As soon as the Pong console hit Sears I had my paper route money in hand and had Mom and Dad drive me to the the local (outdoor/unenclosed) mall.

The rest is history. Atari and a new IBM PC with DUAL 5.25" floppies (Dad worked, and still does, for IBM) set the stage for what has become a life long obsession with console and PC gaming.

Unfortunately, my short-sightedness led me to sell off most of the old consoles and games as new ones came out, but I've been able to relive many of those games through emulation or the GBA.

Currently my twin sons (9) and my 5 year old son and I are gaming on:

2 PC's
3 XBOX's (obviously System Link play is big at my house)
1 Gamecube
1 PS2
2 Dreamcasts
1 N64

It's pretty cool to see that alot of the posts refer back to Pong as the catalyst that got most of us started.
post #105 of 126
"2 Dreamcasts"

good choice. i love that little thing :) that reminds me, i gotta replace the fan in one of mine...
post #106 of 126
28 years old.

Gaming since the arcade machines were the only thing. I used beg relatives for quarters by doing favors, etc. Nothing was more valuable than a quarter because it was worth a game at the local arcade or pub. :)

Then to Atari 2600, then an IBM PCjr. It's literally been part of my life almost as long as I can remember. I've always been excited by it.

Right now I still game on my PC, XBox, and GameCube.

I can't wait to get home today to rip open my newly acquired Rally Sport Challenge 2 and hop online to race one of my old friends on the east coast. Like me, he's running it over an X1 (he saw Halo on mine and literally bought one the next day when he flew home). :)
post #107 of 126
I'll be freaking 40 this November. :eek:

Started with an Atari 2600. I loved it, but lost interest in consoles until the Xbox. I lost many a quarter in the local mall's arcade. I loved Galaga, Defender, Qbert, etc....

Now, I game on my Xbox and PC. I'm kinda like DarkLordJames in that their is no platform that REALLY knocks my sox off. I'm hoping the PS3 or Xbox2 will do that for me. Even if they do, I'll still probably game on the PC.
post #108 of 126
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Originally posted by bigbucky
I'm 39 and have been "gaming" since Pong showed up at the local minature golf course that I used to ride my bike to every weekend. What a life changing experience it was to play Pong with a buddy instead of pinball!!

As soon as the Pong console hit Sears I had my paper route money in hand and had Mom and Dad drive me to the the local (outdoor/unenclosed) mall.
I have had a similar childhood. I used to ride my bike to the local pizza joint that had a number of arcade games including . . . Speed Freak, Galaxian, Pong and others.

On Saturday morning my local miniature golf place would have unlimited play between 8am and noon for 3 dollars. I remember playing things like Star Fire, Fire Truck, Sun Dance, Canyon bomber, Tail Gunner, Atari Basketball and Lunar Lander there.

Similar to you I also used my paper route to buy a Atari 2600 (for $199.99 dollars!!) and a number of 2600 games. In fact I had Atari Superman and Atari Chess before I even had the console to play them on.
post #109 of 126
My age averaged over the last month is 29...however that drops to 1 when averaged over 29 years. :)

My first gaming system was a C64 and my favorite games of all time were/are: Law of the West (C64), Mule (C64), Video Pinball (Atari 2600), Wing Commander 1 & 3 (PC), Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 (PC), F-Zero (SNES), Wave Race (N64), Soul Edge (PS), Tokyo Extreme Racing (Dreamcast), Halo (XBOX), Soul Calibur 2 (XBOX), Ninja Gaiden (XBOX).

Whew! There are many more good games that I've played and even more bad ones!
post #110 of 126
40 here. Sonic on the Genesis was my first real exposure to games after having a Pong system in the 70s when I was in grade school. After that I've had just about every game system since...

Sega CD (Night Trap)

Phillips CDi (Burn Cylce -- still one of my favorite games and one of only a few that I've ever actually finished)

Panasonic 3DO (Killing Time, Blade Force)

Saturn (Panzer Dragoon I & II & Saga, Burning Rangers, Nights)

Playstation

Dreamcast (Godzilla, Rez, Headhunter)

PS2 (Ico, GTA)

XBox (Gunvalkyre, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Rayman 3, Voodoo Vince)
post #111 of 126
mmmm... Rez...

i still bust that game out and beat it about once a month. the same guys are appearantly making a sequal type game to it for the PSP :)
post #112 of 126
:eek: OMG! you guys actually paid for PONG???? I saved for the paper route moula for the Atari 2600, then an apple (dunjonquest, alkalabeth), then 386-20 (mmmmmm! Wing Commander!!!!), 486-50, blah blah blah. Now i'm 41 and play BF42 & BF:V with {pdX}clan.
post #113 of 126
I'm 50 and I've been eaten by a grue more times then I can remember.

Anyone remember the attachment for the Atari 2600 that allowed you to play games that were recorded on cassette tape?
post #114 of 126
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Originally posted by Tandem
I'm 50 and I've been eaten by a grue more times then I can remember.

Anyone remember the attachment for the Atari 2600 that allowed you to play games that were recorded on cassette tape?
Yeah. I think it was called StarPath. Most of the games are available in Emulation. Worth checking out.
post #115 of 126
I forget if I even posted in this thread, hehe. I'm 34 as of this post, and I've been gaming since the 70s. My grandfather used to take me into the office a lot and drop me off with the SysAdmin while he went to meetings. Thus ushered in my love of gaming, thanks to Adventure/Collosal Cave/Zork, played in the original form on a mainframe. In one funny afternoon, I finally finished the game and dumped the log onto the printer, hehe. The SysAdmin was furious, but proud that I could use the system as well as most people that worked there (I was 7 years old or so...).

I then had a pong console, the atari 2600, then a C64 as I learned programming (using TRS-80s at school). C64 was my main platform for years, for both gaming and programming. Hiatus from C64 to 486/33 as I toured and travelled with my band. So returned and got a 486/33, overdrive to 100; then a pentium 200, then a p2 400, Athlon 1GHz, and now a Barton 3000+.

In fact, my love of computer gaming and long experience with hardware is why I'm working in IT without any degree or certification :) Thanks, gruefolk!
post #116 of 126
Quote:
36 years old

Started gaming on . . .

Atari Pinball Breakout

- Great dedicated system. Even had flipper controls on the side of the unit.

Continued gaming on (in order). . .

Atari Stunt Cycle

- Another great dedicated system from Atari. Great controller.

Atari 2600

- I played the hell out of Superman, Combat, Missile Command and many others.

Atari 400

- Loved Star Raiders, Pacman, Defender and allmost any game from Synapse.

Atari 800XL

- Learned to program on this computer.

Amiga 500

- Loved Stunt Car Racer, Simcity, Shadow of the Beast II and so many more.

Nintendo NES

- Loved Zelda, Mario, Kid Icaris, Metroid and many more.

Super Nintendo

- Loved Zelda, Mario, Contra, Donkey Kong Country, Metroid, Star Fox . . . basically all first party software.

Genesis

- One word . . . Sonic.

Nintendo 64

- See Super Nintendo

Atari 7800

- Got this cheap from a co-worker.

Dreamcast

- A great 'forgotten' system. Many great games that still shape the gaming landscape today.

Gamecube

- Fantastic game system . . . often seen as a 'kiddy' system. Don't be fooled though . . . or you'll miss out on Zelda, Mario Sunshine (one of the hardest game I have ever played), Skies of Arcadia and Metroid Prime.
My god, we are not alone! 36 year old "been-there-done-that" gamers unite! :D

My path is pretty much the same as yours except I'd substitute Xbox for GameCube and add PS1 & PS2, Intellivision & Vetrex.

Never got into PC gaming and with the PSP and new Xbox titles coming, I don't think I'll have a chance.

Troy
post #117 of 126
From a Reuters' report of E3:

"...the average age of game players was 29 and the average age of buyers was 36, with men making up 59 percent of the playing audience."

I'm in my 40s and was programming games in high shool in the late-70s...man, gaming has come a long way!
post #118 of 126
As an aside, if 41% of gamers are female why aren't there at least some women on home theater boards? One would think they'd want the best out of their experience. Just something I've never understood yet visit any Best Buy and you won't see a group of women drooling over some new display so maybe it's more odd than mysterious.
post #119 of 126
Chris - that 41% figure is in big part due to 3 things. 1) The Sims. there's a reason it's been consistantly at the top of all the sales charts for what seems like a decade now. 2) web based games. 3) the GameBoy. non of these are living room console type things. girls just don't seem to dig the console experience like guys do.

hell, my girlfriend is sitting on the couch in the living room as i type this. there are 4 consoles, and the HTPC, hooked up to a nice TV, and a phat stereo system. what's she playing? Super Mario World on her super-sexy ruby-red GBA SP :)
post #120 of 126
Yes, women tend to play traditional games like Hearts or Bridge on the internet, in my experience. And the age demo tends to be older for women gamers, a lot of female seniors also play those traditional games.

One thing that always makes me chuckle is how video games are 'cool' and having knowledge of computers is as well. Half the 'computer repair shops' in my town are run by jocks who didn't make it in sports and got a flimsy certification through the mail. Kinda sickening in a way, when I can remember being ostracized for so many years for my love of computers. Now some of the same kids who busted my chops in school have come around 180 degrees...
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